Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What We Accomplished Wednesday #70

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If you missed it, I shared my Christmas Kitchen Shelves this past week. The Christmas is all put away now, but this was one of my favorite spots in the house this year.

Christmas Shelves

January is such a dreary month. It's cold, the Christmas decorations come down and the sun rarely shines (in my neck of the woods anyway). But it is flying by and before you know it, spring will be just around the corner. 

I always seem to get in a slump this time of year, which is why I am so grateful for the inspiration you bring to this party every other week. It is such a pick me up to see all the beautiful transformations, diy, and achievements!  Thank you for taking the time to stop in and inspire me.

This weeks top ten start with this gorgeous dresser painted by Kelsey at Vintage Storehouse. I'm crushing on the pink blush color!

Deb, at Seeking Lavender Lane, shared some highlights of the changes and projects they have made in their beautiful new home.  

This is such a fun and pretty idea from Heather, at Woods of the Bell Trees. She created napkins from thrifted white shirts, incorporating the pretty lace or ruffled details!

Isn't this dining/kitchen area beautiful? Brooke, from Start at Home, refinished and painted an old table into this stunning beauty.

Karen, from Karens up on the Hill, shares her tips for shaking the winter blues in the kitchen, with 5 tips for brightening up the space.

Who says you have to take down all the Christmas decorations? Brooke, from Creative Country Mom left up this mini tree and created a winter scene in this pretty corner.

Mindi, from My Love 2 Create, saw potential in this beat up old divided shelf. You won't believe what it looked like before.Look at all that great storage!

This studio at Artistic Endeavor is loaded with creative ideas for storing craft supplies.

This dreary month is the perfect time to relax in a hot bath. Sarah, at Ruffles and Rainboots, shares her recipe for a divine bath bomb. Sounds like bliss to me!

When I was in college, there was a local restaurant that sold the best gyros. It was the first time I'd ever had them and it spoiled me for their recipe. These chicken and vege gyros, created by Nici at Posed Perfection, sound so good! I'm definitely going to give them a try.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas in the Kitchen

A few days ago I shared my little burlap "wallpapered" shelf with it's Christmas decor.  Today I'm revealing (very late I might add) my kitchen bookcases that I use for dishes. I've shared lots of transformations of these shelves the past couple of years.  I think this one is my favorite. In fact I haven't taken it down yet because I like it so much. Alas I will take it down this coming week though.

I used my silhouette cameo to cut contact paper and used it like a stencil to create the chalkboard lettering. My little Christmas pumpkin made an appearance again this year.

Most of my Christmas decorations I had or I made. I bought very few things this year. This pine garland I picked up last year at work and added the red berries to brighten it up a bit.

I did buy those scented pine cones and filled a couple of bowls, as well as scattered some individually around the house. Although they are really strong smelling when in a huge box full of them at the store, at home I barely noticed the scent. Of course my nose is probably so accustomed to them from working at the store.

My Eiffel Tower got a tiny touch of bling with one of my glittered word ornaments. Peace. A precious commodity in this violent world. Christmas reminds us that one day, peace will reign on earth.

I did very little to this shelf except to remove the bowls, replace the plain white plates with some red and white ones and pop some red berries in the vintage silver creamer and sugar.

This shelf also remained the same except to remove what I had on top of the plates and bowls and place a single scented pine cone in the center. I made the red ticking napkins this year.

The shelf on the right got the same garland treatment.

This shelf got more changes. I did keep the green glass plate and tarnished sugar and creamer on the top shelf, but everything else was taken off. My silver coffee pot holds more red berries.

I also bought a few spools of this ribbon at the store. I love the chalkboard look with white script. 

Except for the silver platter, everything else on the middle shelf got the boot. I introduced some of my favorite mercury glass pieces.  The little fluted bowl on the right is one I created using mirror spray paint and vinegar to create the mercury glass look. I filled it full of faux white pips.

Finally the bottom shelf holds a bowl with more scented pine cones, my little pine cone tree I made a couple years ago, and a little tin pot with a grapevine ball. I made the pine cone tree a couple of years ago. I just used a styrofoam cone and hot glued pine cone scales to it, then brushed a little silver paint onto the tips of the scales.

The little tin pot on the left got coat of white chalk paint. I put a little moss on top and set a little grapevine ball on it. I did buy a few of these "grape clusters." They are actually little jingle bells painted brown with a glittery coating.

I have a couple more belated Christmas posts coming up, then it's on to the New Year!

Peace and blessings to you!

This post was shared at these fabulous parties:

Tuesdays with a Twist at MsMoozy's Open House
Frugal Crafty Blog Hop at Making it in the Mountains
Happiness is Homemade at Electric Red Barn


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